He was once a highly touted prospect. Got drafted by the Phoenix in 2008, 28th overall. He made the nhl at a young age of 20 years old, the same year he was drafted.
2008- He posted 8G-8A-16pts -3 in 61 games. Then he never played a game in the nhl after that season. Why ??
Now this year in the KHL he posted 12G-15 A- 27pts in 39 gp.
Playoff- 15gp-10G-8A-18 pts
Will he ever be back ? Have anyone heard about him wanting to give it another try after such a good year in the 2nd best league in the world??
He didn't want to make AHL peanuts. He'd rather get paid like a pro in the KHL. Can't blame him, really. Not sure why he wasn't given more of a shot by the Coyotes. He got a ton of PK minutes as a rookie in the NHL, too. Smart defensive player with half decent offensive upside. He had a lot of stuff he needed to work on, but he did pay SOME dues in the AHL, afterall. I have no doubt that he'd be a solid fourth line RW in the NHL today.
All of it is Dave Tippett's fault. He's the worst.
Not with PHO, due to how they mishandled them and I doubt PHO trades his rights very freely. I felt he had good tools, just needed proper development at the time.
I'd say Phoenix botched the development of Turris and Boedker much worse. Tikhonov was drafted two full years after his first of eligibility. He had plenty of pro experience at the KHL level, too. He wasn't some green kid in over his head. He was very, very close to being a solid NHL player. He had some adjustments to make and a lot to learn. He needed some AHL seasoning but he wasn't interested in too much of that.
What happened was Phoenix got better as a team and no longer had a roster spot to let Viktor Tikhonov learn how to be an NHL player. Dave Tippett has said numerous times that he feels the AHL is for development and the NHL is for finished products. Argue if you'd like, but DT generally gets good results.
Tikh should've been given more of a chance, but he also should've been more willing to pay his dues in the AHL. I don't think there are any hard feelings, or anything.
Like I said, I think he's NHL ready. I hope Phoenix offers him up to a team like NJ just as a favor. I'd like to see him succeed.
Tikhonov is now a free agent and when asked if he would resign with SKA he said he would wait and see. He is going to consider his NHL options this offseason...
Tikhonov was clutch in the playoffs and showed a bit of his potential, if he returns to the KHL next year he will be a star.
The problem is that he plays for SKA, the richest team in the KHL and they will easily be able to outbid any NHL offer so I think he will only return if money is not a consideration and obviously a 1 way deal.